LiveScore Racing Preview: Warwick, January 15, 2022

Warwick hosts the Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle on Saturday
Warwick hosts the Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle on Saturday

Warwick's seven-race card on Saturday features three Graded races, including the Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle at 2.25pm.

Here are LiveScore's five to follow at the meeting.

1.18pm - Alder Demain & Akers PMS Oxford Edward Courage Cup Handicap Chase (2m)

BRAVE SEASCA has made an impressive start to his chase career. 

He has been successful on two of his three outings, including over this C&D on his penultimate appearance, scoring by an emphatic 10 lengths. 

Venetia Williams' runner is stepping up in class again, but he remains the one they all have to beat in this small field, as there could be much more to come from the novice chaser. 

LiveScore selection: Brave Seasca 

1.50pm - Wigley Group Hampton Novices' Chase (3m)

As one of the leading novice chasers in Paul Nicholls' yard this season, THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE goes into the Cheltenham Festival with strong hopes. 

Before he lines up in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase, he can add another Grade Two prize to his name. 

The seven-year-old has won his last three races by a combined margin of just under 27 lengths. 

He is proven at this level and will have no problems with conditions at this course. 

LiveScore selection: Threeunderthrufive 

2.25pm - Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle (2m5f)

SURREY QUEST made a winning start to his career over hurdles at Leicester (2m4½f) back in November. 

A month later, he was even more impressive when scoring at Doncaster (2m3½f) on soft ground. 

Nicky Henderson has decided this horse deserves a shot at Graded action and he is not a man to question. 

The Seven Barrows runner can pass this latest challenge and extend his 100 per cent record over obstacles. 

LiveScore selection: Surrey Quest 

3pm - Agetur UK Ltd Classic Handicap Chase (3m5f)

David Pipe's runner GERICAULT ROQUE produced an excellent performance at Newbury last month when he chased home Saint Palais. 

Those two horses should have big futures over fences. The runner-up at Newbury has been very consistent since switching to fences as he has yet to finish outside the frame. 

The handicapper has put him up 6lb, but he can overcome that and break his maiden over fences in this Grade 3 contest. 

LiveScore selection: Gericault Roque 

3.35pm - Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (3m1f)

With a success at the Cheltenham Festival and a runner-up finish in the Stayers' Hurdle, there is no doubt about the class SIRE DU BERLAIS has. 

Sire Du Berlais is back in action at Warwick
Sire Du Berlais is back in action at Warwick

Now he is back in handicap company, he does need to concede weight to the rest of the field, something he is capable of doing. 

Gordon Elliott's runner was pulled up on his latest outing at Leopardstown, but that was in a Grade One contest. 

This mark of 157 is workable and if he does produce his best, he could take all the beating in this Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier. 

LiveScore selection: Sire Du Berlais

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